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  Obituary - Dr. Inayatullah




A Tribute to Dr. Inayatullah       

Dr. Inayatullah was born on June 3, 1931 in a small village of District Hafizabad. did his Matriculation from M.B. High School Hafizabad and received Master’s degree in Economics from the Punjab University in 1956. Later he got his Master’s degree in Sociology from Michigan State University and Ph.D in Political Science from Indiana University, USA.

Dr. Inayatullah worked as a researcher with several UN research institutions at New York, Geneva and Kuala Lumpur for 15 year. He was instructor at Pakistan Academy for Rural Development in Peshawar and the founder Chairperson of Department of International Relations, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. Since his retirement from UN in 1983 he initiated and worked with several academic and cultural forums and wrote a number of books and articles for professional journals. He had been engaged in several voluntary activities and was a founder member of a number of forums included Society for International Development (SID), Islamabad Cultural Forum and Pakistan India Peoples Forum for Peace and Democracy.

He worked assiduously for the promotion of social sciences in the universities. He helped QAU Faculty of Social Sciences to organise the first national conference of social scientists in 1988 and together with other well known social scientists created the Islamabad Social Science Forum in 1990. During 22 years of its existence the Forum has been meeting regularly on last Friday of the month.

In collaboration with other social scientists he founded the Council of Social Sciences, Pakistan (COSS) in the year 2000, was its President till 2008 and Life Patron of the Council till his death. In 2004 he also established Trust for Global Peace and acted as its Managing Trustee. He was a member of Committee on Development of Social Sciences established by Higher Education Commission, Islamabad.

Recognising his service to the development of social sciences in Pakistan, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) conferred on him `A Lifetime Achievement Award for the Development of Social Sciences in Pakistan' for his untiring efforts to promote quality research in social sciences.

He has written a number of books. His most recent book was State and Democracy in Pakistan published by Vanguard. From the platform of the Council of Social Sciences, Pakistan he also edited a number of books. He edited a Social Sciences in Pakistan: A Profile along with Rubina Saigol and Pervez Tahir. His also edited two books Associations of Social Scientists: An Analytical Study and Towards Understanding the State of Science in Pakistan. He has written and published extensively on different aspects of politics of Pakistan in national press and professional journals. He wrote eight books and contributed 29 articles in national and international journals. He also edited eight books.

COSS received the following messages from his friends and admirers on his death: 

Dated: 06-Nov-2010

Dear Friends at the Council of Social Sciences, Islamabad

It is indeed very sad to know the demise of Dr. Inayatullah the Chairman of the Council. I have also been a member of the Council and I had a long association with him from Sindh. I pray to Almighty to grant him eternal peace in heaven. He was a wonderful person and devoted whole of his life for the cause of downtrodden of Pakistan and the Social Sciences. Please accept my heart felt condolences for the departed soul. Also please keep in touch for renewal of my membership of the Council and keep me posted.

Thanking You

Professor Aijaz Ahmed Qureshi
Center for Social & Economic Change
Cell: 0300-3040737.


Ina lillah e wa inna elah e rajion.
This is really a great loss. May his soul rest in peace.
Best Regards
M. Zubair Khan
International Islamic University


I am deeply saddened to hear of Dr Inayatullah's passing away. I have had the honour of working with him, briefly, on a project and his intellectual honesty and integrity not only impressed me, but left a deep impression on me. He was truly an icon of our times and his departure is a loss to embatttled enlightenment in Pakistan.
My condolences to his family and all associates of COSS.
Kaiser Bengali


Deeply grieved. Please convey our sincere condolences to family and friends.

S. M. Naseem


Dear Friends,
I am deeply grieved. Please   condole on my behalf and that of my wife with Mrs Inyatullah and his children.
When I come back from my conference in Bangkok I will visit the family.
Yours sincerely,
Tariq Rahman

Dr. Tariq Rahman
Distinguished National Professor & Director
National Institute of Pakistan Studies
Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad



This is indeed very sad.  I had the honour of working briefly with Dr. Inayatullah on social sciences research and always found him a very enlightened person, always willing to help and advise.  His contribution to the social sciences and research through his own work and COSS is memorable.  One way to remember him would be to bring out a social sciences volume in his honour. 
Rubina Saigol


Date: 07-Nov-2010

Respected Dr Sahiba,
This is a sad news that Dr Inayatullah has left us. I opened the mail at this moment (3:20) but I do feel that this death has saddened all the social scientists and Historians.
I am working in Islamia college civil lines Lahore and travelling between the 2 cities at every weekend.

Akhtar Sandhu


Dated: 07-Nov-2010

Dr. Inayatullah's  death is a  big loss for all of us. He was our mentor, guide and teacher in the field of social sciences. I personally  will never forget his support and guidance ,he provided for the reorganization of Pakistan Sociological Association in 2005.He was very kind and  loving person.May God rest his soul at best place.Please convey our profound condolence to his family, friends , colleagues and associates.

Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat  03343115178, 
Res: 021 99261006
Department of Sociology, University of Karachi
President Pakistan Sociological Association

Dated: 07-Nov-2010

I am short of words to express condolence.
It's the loss of a great human being.

Yasir Masood


Dated: 7-Nov-2010

Yes an irreparable loss ! May God rest his soul in eternal peace. Aameen
anwar kamal


My deepest condolences to the family. May his soul rest in peace and give strengh to the family to bear the irrepairable loss.
Seema Abbasi


Dear Dr. Zarina,
Please accept our heartfelt condolence on the demise of Dr Inayatullah. He was a person of great attributes and above all an excellent human being. His contribution in social sciences and other academic and research fields has been significant and will be long remembered. Please convey our condolence to members of his family and may Allah give them the strength to bear the loss.
Best regards
Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Talat Masod


Dear Dr. Zarina Salamat
It is a matter of great sorrow and grief that Dr. Inayatullah, founding president of COSS and  renowned social scientist, is no more with us. The vacuum created by his demise is difficult to be filled. May Allah rest him in peace.
Hazara, Swat


Dear All 
 Hoooooo....... This is very shocking and sad news for all of social science activities in all over the country and abroad. Really we lost great personality his services for the research and teaching never forget. May Allah give him high level in the heaven and give rest to his family. Aameen

Accept deep sorrow from my Father Prof (R) Dr. Syed Ahamd Uddin Hussain
Training Coordinator
US-AID/RISE-Project, District Bagh- AJK
GSM:   0302-460-0989


We are very sorry to hear that. 

Sameena Nazir



Asslam O Alaikum
Due to long distance i am unable to reach there for condolence with his family. but kindly condole with them on behalf of me and say them INA LILLAH WA INA ALIH RAJOON" .
though he is no more with us but his writings will always be with us as assets.



Dear Dr. Salamat,
I am sorry to learn about the sad demise of Dr. Inayatullah.His contribution to the field of social sciences in  Pakistan  will always be remebered.
I would propose that the COSS should either organize a conference in his name or publish a volume.Best,


I am sorry to learn about the sad demise of Dr. Inayatullah. May God grant him peace. Being in Gilgit I could not attend his memorial gathring.Please convey my condolences to his wife and family.

Dr. I.N.Hassan

Dated: 08-Nov-2010

Dear Zarina
Deepest condolences. Dr Inayatullah was a stalwart and will be long remembered.
Kind regards
Masuma Hasan

Dated: 08-Nov-2010
Thank you very much.
I did get the email in time and was able to attend the funeral and final departure of my friend from this world.
Thanks again, Fateh Chuadry

Dated: 08-Nov-2010

Dear Dr Salamat
The first news that I had this morning on opening your e-mail was about Dr Inayatullah's sad demise. I'm very sorry to hear that. I wish I had known earlier about it and had joined for his funeral rites. His contributions towards the development of social sciences stand unparalleled.
Naeem Qureshi
Prof. Dr. M. Naeem Qureshi
342-A, St. 35, F-11/3
Islamabad Pakistan

Dated: 08-Nov-2010

Dear Dr. Salamat and other colleagues,
Please accept, and convey to Dr. Inayatullah's friends and family, my deepest condolences on his passing away.
He was always a great inspiration, and a beacon of integrity and candor in an increasingly darkening environment, especially with regard to the unrecognised significance of the social sciences in Pakistan.
Being thousands of miles away in Canada, unfortunately I cannot be there in person to bid a last farewell to Dr. Inayatullah, but he will be ever-present in my thoughts and prayers.

S. Zulfiqar Gilani, PhD

Dated: 12-Nov-2010

Dear Dr. Zarina,
I read the news of the sad demise of Dr Inayatullah with shock and dismay. He was a beaconlight for our scholars in general and social scientists in particular.
Dr sahib will be long remembered by his friends for his untiring effort at saying the right things from public forums. We shall all miss him.
I was unable to operate my email for a week because I was unwell.


Professor Mohammad Waseem
HSS Department, LUMS,
Sector U, DHA, Lahore Cantt., Pakistan
Tel. 111 115867 x 8056 (LUMS)

November 13, 2010

Dear Dr Zarina
I sincerely morn the passing away of Dr Inayatullah sahib. He was a devoted social scientist and was admired for his credible research in Pakistan. 
I always found Dr Sahib as a  kind, considerate and pleasant person.  May Allah bless him.
I shall appreciate if you, please, could convey my condolence to the family of Dr. Inayatullah.

With regards
Prof. Sayed Ibadullah Rashdi
Director, Center for Rural Development Communication (CRDC)
University of Sindh, Jamshoro -76080.
Phone: +92-22-2772383
Cell#: +92-300-3041265

November 17, 2010

To Mrs. Dr. Inayatullah, his children, and all members of COSS:
I am highly grieved to hear about the tragic death of Dr. Inayatullah. His efforts in setting up the Council of Social Sciences (COSS, Pakistan) and the Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan Memorial Award shall always be remembered and admired. The first time I came to know about Dr. sahib was when he so kindly wrote to me about setting up an award to honor Dr. Khan and also sought my opinion on the subject; I would always be grateful to him for incorporating some of my suggestions. He honored me by encouraging me to join COSS and wrote "It will add to its strength and further raise our morale." He showed keen interest in my research on Allama Mashriqi and Khaksar Tehrik. He privileged me by sending one of his books which he co-edited (Social Sciences in Pakistan: A Profile). These are some of his memories that I shall always treasure.
Dr. Inayatullah's death is a tremendous loss to all the members of COSS. May God rest his soul in peace and grant courage to his family and COSS members to bear this irreparable loss.
My heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Dr. Inayatullah and his children.

With profound regards,
Nasim Yousaf (USA)
Independent Scholar & Author


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